- File Size: 1915 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Romance Authors (December 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QHILRZ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
In Another Life & Eight Days: A Contemporary Gay Romance Kindle Edition
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Holiday romances are easy for me to tire of pretty quickly. But what In Another Life is? It is so much more than just another holiday romance. It’s also a very unique take on second chance romance, with just a touch of…I don’t know-maybe supernatural would be the best way to describe it? A near-death experience that has resounding effects always has me thinking of otherworldly things. Plus, the holiday this is set around is Hanukkah, not Christmas as you might expect-and a genuinely pleasant surprise.
The matchup of Shiloh and Travis is sweet and immediately intense, smacking of insta-love but in the overall context of the story it really works well. When it’s right, you just know. The two of them just fit together like two puzzle pieces-physically, emotionally, and personality-wise they are the perfect complement to each other.
While this story gives us twice the tragedy, it also give us twice the love and hope. A tear or two might have escaped me…and a lot more smiles than that as well. This was a 4.5-star read for me, and I’d definitely recommend this story to any M/M romance fan-regardless if you are a holiday romance person or not (18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content).
I really enjoyed the audio narration of this story. The voices were done well-each character very distinct, and the pacing spot on where I was able to enjoy the story with only listening to it and not reading the ebook first (I usually prefer reading first before listening). This is definitely a story I will be listening to again and again-and not just during the holiday season.
First off, I love that this holiday romance is centered on Hanukkah-there are nowhere near enough romances out there with this holiday focus. It provides an uncommon yet excellent way to pace the story, particularly since the first several days are not consecutive, but over the course of years instead. Second, I have to tell you that I adored Josh’s character-but Maccabe aggravated the heck out of me for a large chunk of the story. BUT, thank goodness this isn’t just a holiday romance-it’s a second chance one as well…one of my favorite tropes, particularly in the M/M romance genre.
Josh is so sweet and innocent as the story starts out, and I couldn’t help but feel so much for his character throughout the entire book. Maccabe came across as a typical jock to me, just one who’s not quite so sure about his sexuality. Once the two of them finally get together, it seems like everything is primarily physical-and that chemistry is phenomenal-but Maccabe’s insistence on keeping their relationship quiet drags things between them down and ultimately results in them breaking apart. The older they got, the more Maccabe’s attitude ticked me off-I don’t care if he was in professional sports or not.
But Maccabe mostly redeemed himself in my eyes seven years after they split at the family Hanukkah dinner…although the way he acted after his and Josh’s initial reunion when Jim…er…James…er…no…John shows up I thought was a bit much. Maccabe has an ego-a big one-and he knows it too, it’s the one thing that I wasn’t fond of about his character. I’m just glad that in the end, it’s not himself that he puts first.
4 stars for Eight Days, it’s a good M/M holiday romance-even with Maccabe’s annoying attitude. Recommended for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content (oh yes, that part-hot…very hot).
The audio narration for Eight Days was a perfect 5 stars-unique character voices, packed full of emotion when needed and it really drew me into the story even more so than reading the ebook. The narration actually made Maccabe’s character a bit more palatable for me, particularly in that dinner scene seven years later where it is plainly obvious from his tone and the emotions in his voice that he realizes what he should have known before everything went wrong. Excellent narration, it really made this story so much more for me than the printed version gave me.
The second story was disturbing on so many levels. Macabre was a total assh#!e. I didn't care for him in the beginning of the story and detested him and his self centered egotistical behavior throughout the remainder of the story. Miraculously he "woke up" after seven years and magnanimously consented to be gay so he could recapture Josh's heart. I don't know what Josh ever saw in this Neanderthal. It was written they managed their HEA, but I just couldn't see it.
Everything about this book appealed to me. I loved the story line; even the jump from future to past. The characters were intriguing and well done. I mostly loved the change in Shiloh upon waking. He's seen what the future holds in story and grabs it with both hands. No letting go. His self confidence is enough to carry both he and Travis towards that bright future. I only wish the story were longer because I didn't want it to come to an end.
This is a lovely short story. Perfect for Hanukkah. I loved the self narration from Maccabe. He doesn't mince words over his own stupidity. Josh is one of those characters that doesn't come on strong and yet leaves an impression. This is a friends to lovers book with a lovely ending.
Don't misunderstand me - I think this is a book that anyone, Jewish or not, will enjoy. But it just made me cvel.:)
You have two very interesting MCs here. Macabee is the narrator, and he isn't always sympathetic. First and foremost, he is completely clueless. For years. He can also be mean, occasionally petty, cocky and arrogant. You know...a guy. And Josh isn't perfect either. There are certain pressures that Macabee is under that Josh doesn't seem to understand either. These people are flawed. They aren't broken, but they aren't your typical romance MCs either.
I'm straight, so I don't know how traumatic coming out can be (friends who told me years ago got the response "And?" "So?", so I was someone who made their lives a little easier), but I do know that coming out to family can be terrifying. If neither person is out, and one wants to come out and the other isn't exactly sure he's even gay (the clueless factor again - since he only sleeps with one guy and many women, he can't be gay, right? - and I've known some people who think like that too), there's going to be trouble. Or "tsuris" as us Jews say. It's a really intense story, and I just wish it was twice as long as it was. But I loved it and recommend it highly...and not just because they talk about latkes and dreidels either!
"Mom never met a cookie she couldn't burn."
"What are you talking about?"
(and this conversation is between two women and a man - it ain't quite what you would think it is)
The first story takes an amazing insight on suicide, and how to look to the future. The love story is timeless, and I am a sucker for fated loves.
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